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The 10 Most Powerful Wild Cats in History

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The 10 Most Powerful Wild Cats in History

Prehistoric cats, like all prehistoric relatives of today’s animals, were often larger, heavier, and more robust than modern felines.

(10)Giant Jaguar
(9) African Lion
(8) Xenosmilus
( 7) Siberian Tiger
(6)Cave lion
( 5 )Homotherium
(4) Machairodus Kabir
(3) American Lion
(2) Ngandong tiger
(1)Sabretooth Tiger – the Smilodon

(10) Giant Jaguar

The 10 Most Powerful Wild Cats in History

in prehistoric times, however, both North and South America were home to gigantic jaguars, belonging to the same species as modern-day jags but much bigger.

Scientists believe that jaguars used to live in open areas, but that competition with American lions and other big cats led them to adapt to more forested areas, where they gained their contemporary short-legged form.

Giant prehistoric jaguars were believed to be the size of a fully grown lion or tiger and it is possible that they were stronger and with a greater bite force.

Giant Jaguars were active during the Pleistocene period, but went extinct about 11000 years ago, during the last Ice Age.

(9) African Lion

The 10 Most Powerful Wild Cats in History

The African lion has long been associated with bravery and strength. The male’s mane and the cat’s roar make it easy to identify. Lions, which live in groups called pride, are the most social cats.

They weigh between 330 and 550 pounds (150 and 250 kg), with males reaching the higher end of the scale.

Males and females have rounder heads and ears and are robust, muscular cats.

(8) Xenosmilus

The 10 Most Powerful Wild Cats in History

Xenosmilus was a relative of Smilodon, but it possessed shorter and tougher teeth instead of sharp, blade-like fangs.

Its teeth had serrated edges to cut into flesh, and they looked more like a shark or carnivorous dinosaur teeth than modern-day cat teeth.

Xenosmilus didn’t have to strangle its prey as modern cats do; all it had to do was bite off a large portion of flesh and wait until it bled to death.

A Xenosmilus kill was far more bloody and chaotic.

A Xenosmilus kill was far more brutal and crazy than any large cat kills today!

Xenosmilus was a very big cat for today’s standards, at 397 – 507 pounds

It was around the same size as most adult male lions and tigers (180-230 kg), but far more muscular, with shorter, stronger limbs and a muscular neck.

( 7) Siberian Tiger

The 10 Most Powerful Wild Cats in History

The Siberian tiger, often known as the Amur tiger, is the world’s largest cat and subspecies.
Adult male Siberian tiger can weigh up to 700Ibs (320kg).

Eastern Russia and northern China are home to the majority of Siberian tigers.
The Sikhote-Alin Mountain range is home to the majority of its population.

To cope with the frigid environment of its habitat, the Siberian tiger has physical adaptations such as a thick coat of fat and dense fur that is lighter and has fewer dark stripes than other tigers. They are currently one of the most powerful predators on the planet!

(6) Cave lion

The 10 Most Powerful Wild Cats in History

The cave lion was a massive lion subspecies that weighed up to 661 pounds (300 kg) or more, making it as big as the Amur or Siberian tiger, the world’s largest cat today.

It was one of Europe’s most fearsome and formidable predators during the last Ice Age, and there is evidence that prehistoric humans feared and adored it.

The Cave Lion has been depicted in numerous cave paintings and statuettes.

Interestingly, unlike modern-day tigers, images depict the animal with no mane and only a ruff around the neck on occasion.

Some cave paintings depict the Cave Lion with faint stripes on its legs and tail, which is confusing.

( 5 )Homotherium

Also known as the “Scimitar cat”, Homotherium was one of the most successful felines in prehistoric times, They were believed to be found in Europe, Asia, and Africa, North and South America.

It adapted well to a variety of habitats, including the sub-arctic tundra, and survived for five million years until its extinction 10,000years ago.

Homotherium appeared to be pack hunters, suited for quick running and primarily active during the day. It possessed extremely long forelegs and short rear legs, giving it a hyena-like appearance.

Although Homotherium is not very famous for its size, some fossils remain of a cat unearthed recently in the North Sea suggest that they could reach 882 Ibs (400kg) in weight, being larger than modern-day Siberian tigers.

If you are wondering what these enormous, pack-hunting cats are, some paleontologists believe that they were quite skilled mammoth hunters, although their ability to run at high speed would give them an edge in chasing and catching fleet-footed animals.

(4) Machairodus Kabir

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Machairodus Kabir is rarely described as a big cat, some fossil remains discovered in Chad, Africa, classify them as new species, Machairodus Kabir, indicate that these beasts existed.

among the largest cats of all times, weighing up to 1080Ibs (490kg), and being “the size of a horse”.

feeding on big creatures like elephants, rhinos, and big herbivores which were in abundance at the time.

Machairodus Kabir probably looked somewhat like the gigantic “sabretooth tiger” in the film 10,000B. C,

They went extinct sometime during the Miocene period, long before humans roamed the earth.

(3) American Lion

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The American atrox, sometimes known as the world’s largest cat, is possibly the most well-known of all prehistoric cats after Smilodon.

During the Pleistocene epoch, it thrived in both North and South America before becoming extinct 11,000 years ago, at the conclusion of the last Ice Age.

The American Lion, according to most biologists, was a massive relative of modern lions, possibly even belonging to the same species.

One thing is certain, the American lion was the largest cat in North America during the Ice Age, weighing up to 1036 lbs (470 kg), perhaps even 1102lbs (500 kg),  having the capabilities to take down large prey.

There is still some debate about its hunting technique, for although modern-day lions hunt in groups, American lion remains are scarce, suggesting that these cats were probably solitary hunters.

(2) Ngandong tiger

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 The Ngandong tiger ( panthera tigris soloensis), is an extinct subspecies of tiger which lived in what is now the Sunderland region of Indonesia in the Pleistocene epoch.

Heller and Volmer estimated that a large male could potentially weigh up to 1036.17 Ibs (470kg).

This is by far the most mysterious cat on the list, having only been discovered in fragments that have yet to be fully characterized.

It’s important to note that the “Pleistocene tiger” is not a distinct species, but rather an “earlier variant” of the tigers we see today.

Tigers developed about 2 million years ago somewhere in Asia, primarily to hunt on the vast variety of huge herbivores that inhabited the continent at the time.

(1) Sabretooth Tiger – the Smilodon

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The smilodon was more strongly developed than any current cat, with well-built forelimbs and extraordinarily long upper canines.

It was possibly one of the most famous prehistoric mammals and the best-known saber-tooth cat.

Its upper canines were slender and brittle, designed for precision killing, and its jaws had a larger gape than modern cats’.

South America is perhaps the largest known felid weighing 490-880 Ibs (220-400kg) on average and reaching up to 1102Ibs (500kg) when fully grown!

Smilodon’s coat pattern is unknown, however, it has been reconstructed artistically with plain or speckled patterns.

Smilodon sp. (saber-toothed tiger) (La Brea Asphalt, Pleis… | Flickr

The lumber area is reduced, the scapula is high, the tail is small, and the limbs are broad with short feet.

Smilodon is well known for its unusually long canine teeth, which are the longest among saber-tooth cats, measuring approximately 11 inches (28 cm) in length in the largest species, S. Populator. Smilodon is a popular name for a 

Saber-toothed tiger, but not to be confused with the current tiger (Panthera tigris) or any other live cat.

Smilodon was an Apex predator that mostly hunted huge mammals. Perhaps one of the most famous prehistoric mammals the best-known saber-tooth tiger the smilodon was more robustly Bill ecstatically well-developed forelimbs and exceptionally long upper canines it’s Joe had a bigger game than that of modern cuts the canines with

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